Irish Cultural Artifacts

Claddagh Earring

Ireland is a country rich in heritage and culture, and is well known for its Celtic history, music, and time-honored clothing. From aran sweaters to claddagh rings, many of the patterns and designs used in traditional Irish clothing and jewelry have hidden symbolism and can be traced to intriguing Irish stories and legends. In this […]

Five Irish Craft Makers To Watch Plus A $100 Shopping Spree Giveaway From USofIreland

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In Ireland something of a mini revolution is taking place. The creative and design industry is beginning to find a growing audience of buyers looking for something different outside of the obvious. Being Irish means something, especially to anyone who has a cultural connection to Ireland. It’s a sense of ancestry and home, even if […]

How To Make A St. Brigid’s Cross Using Pipe Cleaners

Chenille Stem St. Brigid's Cross

On St. Brigid’s Day in Ireland it is customary to make reed crosses named after the saint. But, if like me, you live in the city, it is not easy to find an abundant supply of reeds.  In America, reeds and rushes don’t grow as prolifically as in the wet soil of my homeland. Image […]

Winner Of The Custom-Made Alphabet Art By Letters From Ireland

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for a custom made piece of alphabet photo art by Letters From Ireland.  It was lovely to hear the inspirational words readers would use to create their own unique piece of artwork. A big thank you to Letters From LLC for graciously sponsoring […]

Holiday Giveaway From MyIrelandBox

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This Thanksgiving weekend MyIrelandBox, a subscription service providing monthly Irish craft surprises from Ireland, has graciously sponsored another giveaway for Irish American Mom readers. Based in a pretty little town on the western coast of the Emerald Isle, MyIrelandBox curates the best of Irish made crafts, delivering monthly surprises directly to your door. Our previous […]

Giveaway Time: Custom-Made Alphabet Art By Letters From Ireland

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Letters From Ireland offers custom-made alphabet photo art using unique images captured throughout Ireland. Today I am delighted to introduce you to this creative and imaginative art work, and to offer you a chance to win your very own piece of fabulous art, inspired by my homeland. Alphabet photo art, or alphabet photography, is the […]

The Ring Of Kerry – Distinctive Irish Jewelry by Paul F. Kelly

The Ring Of Kerry

The ancient Irish were accomplished goldsmiths. The earliest golden ornaments discovered in Ireland date back as far as 2000 B.C.  Lunulae were thinly beaten sheets of metal worn around the neck by our noble predecessors. Celtic craftsmen from the first millenium created astonishingly beautiful artifacts like the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, with an […]

Irish Themed Fabrics – Giveaway Winner

Musical Instruments Fabric

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for four fat quarters of beautiful Irish themed quilting fabrics. It was lovely to learn how many readers are accomplished quilters and that many more plan to give this age old craft a try. A big thank you to Fraser St Fabrics for […]

Crafting Giveaway – Irish Themed Fabrics

Quilting Fabric - Giveaway

I love patchwork quilts and I’m happy to say the craft of quilting is alive and well in Kentucky and throughout America.  The National Quilt Museum is in Paducah, Kentucky and on my list of places to visit someday. I don’t make quilts, but it’s a skill I would love to learn.  The vast size […]

A Trio Of Derby Floats

Derby Hats Float

It’s Derby Week in Kentucky, and this evening Derby floats will glide through Louisville for the Pegasus Parade. But everyone can’t make it downtown to watch the big parade. Our schools have come up with an ingenious idea so children all over the city can experience the excitement of a parade.  They decorate derby floats […]

My Ireland Box – April’s Crafts Revealed

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My Ireland Box graciously sponsored a giveaway for our readers last month. The April subscribers have all received and hopefully opened their surprise craft boxes, so today I thought I might share with you the lovely treasures they found inside. Thanks to Katharine from My Ireland Box for sending me these lovely photos and descriptions […]